Why Go Through the AP Course Audit?
You have to get your course authorized by the AP Program in order to call it an AP course. The only way to do that is through the AP Course Audit.
Once it’s authorized, your course will be included in the AP Course Ledger—the official list of all AP courses—so colleges and universities can check student transcripts.
There are other benefits to being an authorized AP teacher. You get:
- Feedback on your syllabus
- Access to secure practice exams
How to Begin
Your AP Course Audit tasks are completed online. You’ll have to sign in to, or create, your AP Course Audit account and follow the steps below.
For a new AP course:
- Fill out and submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form online. A school administrator must approve and finalize this form before we start reviewing your syllabus. We’ll notify your administrator; you don’t need to do anything but submit the form.
- Submit your course syllabus by uploading it to the AP Course Audit site as a PDF or Word document. (See your specific course page for help creating a syllabus.)
- Are you submitting a brand-new syllabus? Choose Submit New or Revised Syllabus.
- Are you sharing a colleague’s already authorized syllabus? Choose Claim Identical. You’ll need to get the syllabus ID number from your colleague or administrator and also submit an exact copy of the authorized syllabus.
- We offer four annotated sample syllabi for each AP course. Want to use one of those? Choose Adopt Sample Syllabus.
That’s all. We’ll let you know whether your course is authorized or not within 60 days after you submit the materials.
If your course is authorized, there’s nothing more you need to do. If it’s not, you can revise your syllabus and resubmit it.
For an already authorized AP course:
- Have you made substantial changes to your AP course syllabus? You’ll have to fill out a new Course Audit form, and your administrator will have to approve it. Then, you will need to submit an updated syllabus. Choose Submit New or Revised.
- Have you changed schools? Because AP courses are attached to the school and not the teacher, you can transfer your syllabus to your new school if you’ll be teaching the same course. Choose Transfer Approved. You’ll first need to fill out a new Course Audit form, and your administrator will have to approve it.
- Nothing’s changed? You don’t need to do anything, but your administrator must renew your course every year. They can do that starting in August.
Using the Secure Practice Exams
Once your administrator approves your Course Audit form, you’ll be able to access free, downloadable AP practice exams (for all courses except AP Studio Art courses). These complete AP Exams are only available to teachers; students can’t access them.
To get them, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the Secure Documents link within the Resource Section.
AP Practice Exams are for in-classroom use only. To ensure their integrity, please keep them in a secure location, do not assign them as take-home assignments, collect them back from your students after administering them in class, and do not post them on school or other websites.
You may incorporate questions from the AP Practice Exam into shorter assessments you create, as long as your assessments are paper-based, administered in your classroom, and you collect the test questions from the students as soon as the test is over.
Any additional distribution of the AP Practice Exam violates the College Board’s copyright policies and may result in the termination of exam access for your school as well as access to other online services, such as the AP Teacher Community and Online Score Reports.